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Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program

Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) at Cornell University, Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine

The Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY is sponsoring an ACLAM-recognized laboratory animal medicine residency beginning in July 2018. The objective of this 2.5 to 3 year residency program is to train graduate veterinarians for a career in laboratory animal medicine, research, and service by providing them with the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Vet Resident with BeagleThe academic home of this residency program is the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Residents receive training to advance the humane care and responsible use of laboratory animals, including:

  • Clinical diagnosis, treatment, and management of various species and models in biomedical and agricultural settings
  • Research support, consultation, and services including surgical and anesthesia support and training, development of animal models, and implementation of reduction, replacement, and refinement strategies (3 Rs) when conducting research
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry programs, occupational health and safety concerns, and regulations and standards pertaining to lab animal care
  • IACUC responsibilities and knowledge of animal welfare issues
  • Design and completion of independent or collaborative research with subsequent first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal

The large size and diverse nature of the Cornell University animal resources program engages the resident in the many facets of laboratory animal medicine, as well experience in the care and management of agricultural species. Additional training will include external rotations at a primate research center and/or pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions to gain hands-on primate experience. As part of our residency program, trainees will have the opportunity to rotate up to 2 weeks with a world-class leader in medical device development and manufacturing. This rotation will provide exposure to development and testing of medical devices including vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes, sutures, and similar devices. By mutual agreement, the trainee may later spend an additional 2-3 months to further develop skills in this area of expertise. This is a unique opportunity to explore a fascinating area of laboratory animal medicine.

Cornell University is nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. This region of New York has miles of beautiful trails, waterfalls, campsites, and gorges. Residents of the city of Ithaca and the surrounding townships have access to the Cayuga Lake’s waterways allowing a variety of activities including boating, kayaking, and fishing. Furthermore, Cayuga Lake is surrounded by 100+ wineries, cideries, and distilleries along with microbreweries and a vibrant downtown district in the heart of Ithaca. For more information on this region, go to www.visitithaca.com.

Cornell is participating in the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). Applicants to this program must complete their applications on or before November 5, 2017 to ensure that the program has ample time to schedule and complete interviews with prospective candidates. See www.virmp.org. As this deadline is distinct from other residency specialties participating in the VIRMP you should contact your references and registrar to ensure they submit their letters of support and your transcripts ahead of the November 5, 2017 deadline.

For additional information, please go to: http://www.aslap.org/Search/residencies.

Questions or comments? Contact Dr. Mary Martin at (607) 253-3520 or mem235@cornell.edu.